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The Madhatter

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    Sci-Fi, modern jets, automobiles, ships, tanks, long walks on the beach......

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  1. Thanks Thommo. Yeah. I'd have to add a plate of styrene to the bottom of it to make it work and I don't think I can get them to sit flush with the surface without the need to add some filler Quick couple of extra shots showing how high the SD sits above the base: https://flic.kr/p/2nEmHp5
  2. hey again Got one building done and primed and have started on the second one. I'm hoping to have the first one painted by the weekend. I have already drilled out the holes where the fibers will be going. I lost count after 50 and 8 drill bits later The good news is it won't require a lot big lengths of fiber. I am contemplating sticking in just little bits of fiber and flood lighting the entire inside but I am not sure I can get much light through the top sections. They'd require longer lengths I think. Also, there would not be enough room to angle an LED bright enough to fill the s
  3. Hi again all For the past 2 weeks (well, more like 6 days when combined) I have been working away on the top plate. I decided to make something to go on top as I feel it needs more visual interest. Yeah, I know its the DS tiles I'm using but I don't really want this to BE the Death Star - more, my own interpretation. I wouldn't go calling my display a battle-station. Probably more a mechanical planet It's far from being finished - I still have heaps to do, but before I really get lost in this and put more energy into it, I thought l'd just get a general gauge if this is a good ide
  4. thanks mate, appreciate it Hi all Quick update The edging is all done and putty applied. Still a couple of spots to clean up but nothing dramatic. I've started to add some more detailing to the surface, with some gun batteries which i thought could be quite cool. I'm not trying to replicate the DS or its surface to its filming parents, so the relevancy of their existence is mute. Looking at them, I do need to change the shape slightly to mask their origins though. Just on the bottom front corners I think I'm looking at making some kind of central building struct
  5. Well, its good to now there is at least somewhere relatively local you can go to to get supplies! Yes please! Hobbyrama sounds like my kind of place alright. 🙂 I was hoping to display this one at Melbourne but very likely, it's just not going to happen, so it'll be Brisbane that gets to see it in the plastic. Lucky you guys 😄 As for the shady people, mate, sadly, they are everywhere - including Melbourne. In saying that, I am glad I haven't experienced the "eshays" (?)..... I have so much to look forward to 😄 What kills me about Queensland is the wet heat. I'm
  6. Been there a few times. Good uni there from all accounts. We actually looked at moving there at one point but it didnt eventuate. Is New England Hobbies still in existence?
  7. Where abouts in NSW do you live? My wife is from Inverell
  8. I genuinely laughed out loud at that Thommo - I drove in Brisbane just a few weeks ago and was astounded at how bad a lot of QLD drivers are, but I could also say the same for some Victorians too. The worst thing about Brisbane I found was the very confusing road layouts - especially in the city. Personally, I find that's where Melbourne did it right - a proper block system, like New York in a way - not the wild spaghetti junction that is Brisbane. I guess I'll need to adjust to it though
  9. thanks guys! Andy, when I get up there, you'll have to recommend a club or hobby shop in Brisbane that I can go to. I'll miss Melbourne a lot, but we're going up for family, so its for a good reason. Does Brisbane have an Expo/show event?
  10. wow - it has been a while hasn't it? Hi all, and thanks for stopping in. First of, sorry for the really long delay in doing anything to it until recently. RL has interfered a lot as have other projects blah blah. We all know the reasons why etc that things go on hold but, I do have an update that's worth showing So, I am unable to paint anything ATM due to weather and other such stuff like getting ready to move up north to Brisbane at the end of the year, plus a reno and as such, that limited my options. But I have been chomping at the bit to get restarted on just something to do with thi
  11. Hi Ben You could also sand the LED itself which helps with diffusion. Putting a thin piece of white or clear sanded plastic can also do the job
  12. LOL, sorry mate, I haven't touched it since the last update. I've had other things take priority. Hopefully I will be coming back to this one soon but it'll be a little while before it comes out from under cover.
  13. Thanks Alex! I just hope it comes out the way I envision it
  14. Hi all Well, I have finally sorted out my last remaining hurdle and it's onto the final stretch - more or less. Yep, I have finally sorted out my mounting device and at long last, I will be able to slip the ship on and off it's mount (I'm not sure how many times I would want to but for transportation this will be invaluable) all I have to do is attach the sleeve onto the bottom of the ship and we're good to go. I've got it so I have 4 separate power lines which I will be able to distribute to hangar bay lights, engines, superstructure and floodlights. It's by no means pretty but
  15. Thanks guys! Am quite looking forward to the weathering stage for once
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